IRMO, S.C. (WIS) - The Irmo Town Council has voted to pass an emergency ordinance that would require citizens to wear face coverings at retail and foodservice establishments.
The ordinance passed in a vote of 3-2. It went into effect on July 7 and will expire on December 25.
According to the ordinance, citizens will be required to wear face masks or coverings while inside a restaurant or retail store. This would include but is not limited to grocery stores, convenience stores, sporting goods stores, furniture stores, clothing stores, pharmacies, laundromats, and alcoholic beverage stores.
A face mask or covering will not be required in the following circumstances:
- In an outdoor or unenclosed area belonging to a retail or food service establishment where social distancing of at least six feet is possible
- Those whose religious beliefs prevent them from wearing a face covering
- For those who cannot wear a face covering due to a medical or behavioral condition
- Children under the age of 10 (provided that the adults accompanying children ages 10 through 18 use reasonable effort to cause those children wear face coverings while inside retail or food service establishments.
- For anyone eating in a food service establishment
- In private, individual offices
- When complying with directions from law enforcement officials
- In situations where it is not feasible to wear a face covering (i.e. while swimming or receiving dental services)
- While exclusively with family members of the same household and no person other than such family is within the same enclosed area.
Anyone who violates the ordinance would be fined up to $25. Each day the ordinance is violated is considered a separate offense.
If a business repeatedly violates the ordinance, the business could be subjected to having its occupancy permit or business license suspended or revoked.